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New Report Reveals Stark Inequalities in Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment Services for Children—Partners Call for Urgent Action

Almost half (46%) of the world’s 1.7 million children living with HIV were not on treatment in 2020 and 150 000 children were newly infected with HIV

In the final report from the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, UNAIDS and partners* warn that progress towards ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women has stalled and none of the targets for 2020 were met. The report shows that the total number of children on treatment declined…

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UNAIDS Report Shows that People Living with HIV Face a Double Jeopardy, HIV and Covid-19, While Key Populations and Children Continue to be Left Behind in Access to HIV Services

In sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to two thirds (67%) of people living with HIV, less than 3% had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 2021

People living with HIV are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death, yet the vast majority are denied access to COVID-19 vaccines. Key populations and their sexual partners account for 65% of new HIV infections but are largely left out of both HIV and COVID-19 responses—800 000…

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UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the death of the former President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda

In 2018, UNAIDS conferred its Leadership Award on Mr Kaunda for his services to the global, regional and national AIDS response

UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the death of the first President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, and expresses its sincere condolences to his family, his friends and the country. Mr Kaunda was a strong supporter of the AIDS response and showed great leadership and courage in speaking out against HIV-related stigma…

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United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS draws to a close with a strong political declaration and bold new targets to be met by 2025

The declaration is based on evidence, grounded in human rights and will serve as an important road map to advance the global HIV response over the next five years

After weeks of robust discussions, the 2021 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS is drawing to a close with the adoption of a new, ambitious and achievable Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030. The declaration is based…

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    • Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director, and Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil, Commissioner for the Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, African Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 16 March 2021. Credit: UNAIDS/Martha Tadesse
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UNAIDS renews partnership with the African Union for a stronger and more resilient AIDS response in Africa

It will pave the way for more resilient, agile and inclusive health systems in Africa

UNAIDS and the African Union have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) to reinforce their partnership and to recommit member states to end AIDS through the Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030. The MoU commits partners to work towards addressing the socioeconomic and political impact of HIV…

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Accelerating and expanding HIV services in the Central African Republic

Less than half of the 100 000 people living with HIV in the country have access to treatment

The Central African Republic has made significant progress in its response to HIV over the past four years. New HIV infections continue to decline and the number of people on antiretroviral therapy has increased from less than 25 000 in 2016 to more than 47 000 in 2019. Despite this…

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US$ 64 million to respond to HIV, TB and malaria in Congo

The United Nations Development Programme will implement the HIV and tuberculosis grant, while Catholic Relief Services will implement the malaria grant

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Government of Congo and health partners have announced two new grants worth more than US$ 64 million to strengthen prevention and treatment services to respond to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health in…

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Coronavirus: President of Nigeria unites behind the call for a People’s Vaccine for COVID-19

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, home to more than 200 million people, and has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in Africa

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has announced that Nigeria will be joining the urgent global call for a People’s Vaccine for COVID-19. The President endorsed the initiative and released an official public statement in favour of the campaign. “Learning from the painful lessons from a history of unequal access…

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HIV and COVID-19: a unique moment in time to learn, leverage and build resilient systems for health

New report from UNAIDS shows how countries grappling with COVID-19 are using experience and infrastructure from AIDS response to ensure a more robust response to both pandemics

On the opening day of the Virtual Fast-Track Cities 2020 conference on urban HIV and COVID-19 responses, UNAIDS has released a new report on how to strengthen responses to health emergencies A new report from UNAIDS shows how countries grappling with COVID-19 are using the experience and infrastructure from the…

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UNAIDS is hopeful that a new long-acting HIV prevention option will soon become available for women in sub-Saharan Africa

The European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion of the dapivirine ring, a monthly vaginal ring that reduces the vulnerability of women to HIV

UNAIDS congratulates the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) on obtaining a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the dapivirine vaginal ring. The monthly ring adapts a medical technology commonly used as a contraceptive device to deliver the antiretroviral medicine dapivirine to prevent HIV. “UNAIDS welcomes the advances made to…